About us

HENN is an international architecture office with offices in Munich, Berlin and Beijing and 65 years of expertise in the fields of culture and office buildings, teaching and research as well as development, production and masterplanning. The office is led by Gunter Henn and 20 partners. 350 employees – architects, designers, planners and engineers – from 30 countries are able to draw upon a wealth of knowledge collected over three generations of building experience in addition to a worldwide network of partners and experts in a variety of disciplines. This continuity, coupled with progressive design approaches and methods and interdisciplinary research projects, forms the basis for a continual examination of current issues and for a consistent design philosophy. Forms and spaces are no mere objective, they are developed from the processes, demands and cultural contexts of each project. As a general contractor we are able to satisfy this principle at every stage of project planning and implementation.

Products and services

Programming: A visual communications tool which can be used to structure the dialogue between client and architect and develop the context of the commission.

Architectural design: Forms and spaces are no more objective, they are developed from the processes, demands and cultural contexts of each project in.  

Interior design: Correlates with architectural design but is an independent design task.

Urban design: The relationships of buildings with each other, the interplay of architecture and public space, of access and mobility, of identity and society.

Building Information Modelling (BIM): BIM processes and methods offer visualization, simulation and cooperation across the entire project cycle for project partners and service providers.

Quantity surveying: Includes the tendering of projects and the control of costs and progress. 

Sustainability: The development of appropriately adaptive, integral systems requires early consideration of ecological aspects in the conception and design process.

Zalando Headquarters

The new Zalando Headquarters' a duo of buildings designed to form the heart of the corporate campus at the new site in Berlin-Friedrichshain. The project’s two seven-storey buildings provide 42,000 m² of office space
for 2,700 employees.
The plan layout rotates the building grid diagonally to the development plan thus placing the internal courtyards at the outer edges of the plot. This opening creates transitions between office and public space.

Merck Innovation Center

Merck’s site in Darmstadt is progressively remodelled from a production works into a technology and science campus. The heart of this transformation is the Innovation Center with a new world of work. The transparent, cubic building features the unfolding of an entirely new spatial structure. Bridge-like connections diagonally span the space, linking the individual workspaces with each other. Steps, ramps and floor areas spiral upwards.

EDGE, HafenCity

The HafenCity in Hamburg, on the northerly part of the former free port, has been expanding for over ten years now. A highly densified business location is in the process of being planned in the Elbbrücken district. EDGE HafenCity is the first cornerstone of this so-called Übersee district, creating a prominent anchor point for the development project. The office building incorporates the existing topography and extends it interiorly in the form of terraced levels.

Henn GmbH
Augustenstr. 54
80333 München

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Klaus Ransmayr
Partner and Design Director Berlin
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Henn GmbH
Alexanderstr. 7
10178 Berlin

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Henn Ltd.
Sanlitun Soho-A-2102, Chaoyang District
100027 Beijing
P. R. China

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News & Innovations

Bauwelt 24.2018: Three office building concepts of advanced flexibilty
30.11.2018 – Office building typologies are in a continuous change: Walter Henn's former Osram Headquarters, Gunter Henn's BMW Project House and Martin Henn's Merck Innovation Center in the current Bauwelt 24.2018 issue – three architects, three office buildings from 1965, 2004 and 2018.
Further reading
HENN wins 1st prize Gasteig München
October 12th, 2018 – After 30 years of intensive use, the Gasteig cultural centre in Munich is to undergo renovation and remodelling. In a selected, two-stage competition process that included Auer Weber Architekten and Wulf Architekten, HENN’s project has been chosen as the winner.

With around two million visitors annually, the Gasteig is the largest cultural centre in Europe. It was originally designed by the architecture partnership Raue, Rollenhagen and Lindemann, and was opened in 1984/85. The modernisation of the Gasteig provides Munich with a building offering a rich range of cultural activities.
The design introduces a new architectural element in the form of a glazed bridge, connecting the existing parts of the building and bestowing a new transparency on the complex – an innovation that opens the Gasteig up to city, affords perspectives of the inner vibrancy of the building, and welcomes visitors and staff alike to be part of the city’s cultural life. This “Kulturbühne” (Cultural Stage) simultaneously acts as the leitmotif and generates the identity of the new Gasteig, whilst in design terms its transparent, glazed and open architecture stands in deliberate contrast to the monolithic and mineral-like character of the existing building.
Following the idea of "ONE" Gasteig, the new Culture Stage extends both horizontally and vertically as a spatial continuum through all the sections of the Gasteig. The Cultural Stage functions simultaneously as a circulation node, foyer, exhibition space and an event area. It provides both visitors and staff with clear orientations and short routes between all of the building’s functions. Regardless of its use, the Cultural Stage gives each element its own locational anchoring and individual identity, be it the Philharmonic, the Carl Orff Auditorium, the library or the Munich Volkshochschule (Centre of Further Education – MVHS).

Further reading
HENN + Posco A&C win 1st Prize for the Urban Regeneration of Tongyeong Dockyard in South Korea – Camp Mare
September 20th, 2018 – Camp Mare is a new district in the city of Tongyeong (South Korea). Located on the site of a former shipyard, it celebrates its heritage by reusing several of the industrial structures at the same time as introducing a range of new programmes and buildings to create a hub for craftsmanship, tourism, research and development, and living.
The winning proposal was developed by HENN, acting as the design lead in a consortium with Posco A&C, Metaa, Inwooplan Landscape Architects, Siteplanning Architects, SLA Engineering & Architecture, Deloitte Anjin, and Yooshin Engineering Corporation. It was part of an international competition promoted by the Korean LH Corporation as part of South Korea‘s national effort to develop key coastal cities by means of tailored revitalisation strategies. Other competitors included Foster + Partners, Samoo Architects & Engineers, Junglim Architecture, KCAP International B.V. and AECOM.
Camp Mare‘s site is bordered to the north by the water and to the south by the picturesque Mireuk Mountains. The waterfront is extended by the addition of two rectilinear bays that carve into the dockyard. The mountainous landscape in the south gets connected by two parks to the waterfront. The project is divided into 5 distinct districts. Each neighbourhood has its own unique character, resulting from a mixture of programmes and buildings. They are all connected by a lively public waterfront.
Tongyeong’s identity as a maker city is the DNA of Camp Mare. It borrows from the city’s traditional arts and crafts, its culinary culture and its tradition in shipbuilding. This rich heritage is complemented by the introduction of new technologies, research facilities, cultural activities, touristic attractions and waterfront living.
The overall program consists of the so called “12 Schools”. Their goal is to drive innovation and to generate a new industrial ecosystem for the city and region. Each neighbourhood houses multiple Schools. Each of them revolves around the stages of an industrial cycle: research and development, design, production, testing, marketing and sales.
Camp Mare is a dynamic, colourful, and lively new district in Tongyeong. It sets the basis for the regeneration and future development of the city.

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